Zenit St Petersburg Player Tasered by Police After Handing Shirt to Young Fan

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Zenit St Petersburg Player Tasered by Police After Handing Shirt to Young Fan
Zenit Saint Petersburg player Danko Lazovic, right, inspects his body as a Russian riot police officer turns towards him brandishing a police electric shock batton.

In a bizarre incident in the Russian Football League, Zenit St Petersburg striker Danko Lazovic was tasered by a police officer after handing his shirt to a young fan.

This does not fill me full of excitement about the World Cup when it goes to Russia in seven years time.

After helping his side to a 2-0 win over FC Volga, Lazovic walked over to the young fan to hand him his jersey and was promptly stabbed in the back with the cattle prod type taser.

The police officer may have been excited about seeing a player up close and personal, or it may have been the fighting in the stands between rival supporters that confused the law man. Whatever the reason, Lazovic managed to walk away from the incident—albeit with a sting in his side from the prong marks.

Currently the league's leading scorer, the Serbian was baffled by what happened and tried to explain on the Zenit club website.

"I just went to give my jersey to the fans after the match when a police officer appeared behind me and tasered me in the back with his electric shocker, I don't know why that happened. Maybe he thought that I was one of the fans." Lazovic said.

"Sometimes people do really awful things."

"It was a strange feeling. It's just amazing that kind of thing can happen at sporting events, but here, in Russia, apparently everything is possible."

Even though there is a committee investigating the police and Russian Football as a whole, this does not look like a country that should be hosting the World Cup in 2018.

I thought I had seen and heard it all in football, but tasering a player when he is handing his shirt to a young supporter—now that takes the biscuit!

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report as well as Not Just Scottish Football and youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.

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